Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Carlsbad 5000 
Apr. 7. One of Southern California’s more popular 5k races, the Carlsbad 5000 features a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Both rookie runners and serious speedsters alike will find their pace in one of the seven available races. Celebrate your big finish with two free beers at the Pizza Port beer garden, and at noon, catch the elite athletes in action as they vie for a lucrative prize purse and a new world record. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

crew-classicSan Diego Crew Classic Regatta 
Apr. 6-7. Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States. In addition to outstanding racing, the Crew Classic offers a festival atmosphere with music, a trade show, alumni tents and a family festival area which caters to families looking for an affordable day on the bay with a kids’ zone and artist booths. You won’t miss a minute of the action thanks to a Jumbotron adjacent to the merchandise and alumni areas. Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay. 

Soul Asylum
Apr. 4. In 1992, Soul Asylum released its sixth album and scored a taste of success on the modern rock and album rock charts with the hit “Runaway Train.” After 30 years together, the guys of Soul Asylum continue to tour and release new alt-rock records. The latest release, “Delayed Reaction,” was released in 2012. Hargo also performs. $22-35. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

in-the-mood-cal-center-for-In The Mood 
Apr. 4. America’s premiere big band revue, In the Mood celebrates America’s greatest generation through song, swing dance and the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and many more. It’s a sentimental, romantic, nostalgic, jazzy and patriotic tribute to the swing era, and the music arrangements, costumes and choreography are as authentic as it gets. 3 and 7:30 p.m. $15-49. California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. 760.839.4138.

mainly-mozartMainly Mozart
Apr. 5. Part of the Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series, violinist Steven Copes joins acclaimed Arnaud Sussmann on violins, Richard O’Neill on viola, Efe Baltacigil on cello and Alessio Bax on piano to perform works by Mendelssohn and Taneyev. Arrive early for a tasty pre-concert wine reception with treats from Bouchée Bakery and Wolf Blass Winery.  For this performance, Mainly Mozart is offering a two-ticket special for $90 and waiving the handling fee. Auditorium at TSRI, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. 619.466.8742.

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Sushi Showdown
Apr. 7. Want to win free sushi for a year? Inspired by the college basketball championship, the sushi face-off will be organized like a bracket system. Sushi Showdown competitors will race against the clock and one another until the final round where a winner will be crowned. Novice to professional eaters are welcome to enter this ultimate contest between man and sushi. If you just want to spectate, Ra will be offering food and drink specials during the event. 3-6 p.m. 474 Broadway, San Diego. 619.321.0021.

Goodguys 13th Meguiar’s Del Mar Rod & Custom Nationals
Apr. 5-7. Head to Del Mar for a full weekend of roddin’ at the beach. The spring celebration features a giant show complete with hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through ’72, the crowning of the Goodguys 2013 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance and a Sunday get-together for late-model American cars. See more than 3,000 cars, plus vendor exhibits, swap meet, car corral, Goodguys AutoCross, nightly parties, live music and special exhibits. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.

concours-d-eleganceLa Jolla Concours d’Elegance at the Cove 
Apr. 5-7. An annual celebration of some of the finest classic automobiles in the world, this high octane event includes a spectacular showcase of rare, fully restored cars and newer, exotic models. Featuring an array of more than 150 cars and a tribute to the art of restoration, this year’s event also includes a book signing, a motor tour, and an evening reception.  Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, woodies, 50s classics, American sports cars and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35/advance. $40/day of. $100/VIP. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla Cove. 760.459.5335.

Murder in the Cathedral 
Through Apr. 7. Archbishop Thomas Becket, brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in December 1170 defending his church against the intrusions of King Henry II, became a Christian martyr and Saint at whose tomb Henry was forced to pay penance. Did Henry order the murder or did his knights take matters into their own hands? Based on the T. S. Eliot play, the opera covers the last month of Becket’s life as he struggles with politics, religion and temptation. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

Art a la Carte
Apr. 7. Foodies and art lovers won’t want to miss the chance to immerse themselves in San Diego’s thriving fine art and dining scene at this inaugural event. April’s Art a la Carte will preview select artists and performers who are slated to appear at ArtWalk later in the month. With a street festival-inspired set up, the event encourages patrons to take in the sights and sounds as they stroll the center’s restaurant row while stopping in Fleming’s, Truluck’s, the Melting Pot and Café Japengo for happy hour and event specials. Art a la Carte will be held every first Sunday of the month. 5-8 p.m. I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive, UTC.

Carlsbad Flower Fields
Through May 12. Enjoy 50 acres of extraordinary color blooming on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean along with walking trails, gift shops and events for the whole family. For the first time in 15 years, the ranunculus flowers have been arranged in a new color pattern, offering a brand new beauty to those who frequent the fields. While basking in the breathtaking colors, walk rose gardens, take an antique tractor ride and immerse yourself in nature—there’s even a living maze made of sweet pea blossoms. Be sure to check the website for exciting events and festivals throughout the season. Interstate 5 at Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. 760.431.0352.